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November 2012 Meeting Minutes

November 14, 2012, meeting minutes for the American Indian Education Oversight Committee.

American Indian Education Oversight Committee

November 14, 2012


Committee Members: Laura Lee George (Chair), André Cramblit (Parliamentarian), Amber Machamer (Vice Chair), Deborah DeForge, Rodney Lindsay, Kathleen Marshall, Rachel McBride, Helen Doherty


Russell "Butch" Murphy (excused), Irma Amaro (excused)

California Department of Education (CDE) Staff

Judy Delgado, Chavela Delp


Coleen Bruno

Meeting convened at 10:36 a.m.

Item 3―Career Counseling, Presented by John Merris-Coots, CDE

  • This presentation discussed resources for career counseling to assist students and adults in acquiring the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that enable a successful transition from school to work.

  • California Career Zone External link opens in new window or tab. offers assessments and other resources to help students look at college options or vocational training and occupational training. A downloadable workbook charts progress as students work through the site. Accounts are free to establish so results can be saved. A resume builder is also available. Other features are Interest Profiler, Skills Profiler, and Work Importance Profiler.
  • California Career Center External link opens in new window or tab. was launched by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SSPI) last year, to assist students as a virtual counselor. It helps to define basic terminology and more complex items such as A-G requirements. It helps them begin to think what they might want to do post high school. It has a section that provides additional resources to students who have something that is or could be a challenge for them, such as a disability or race. This Web site is interested in adding a section that includes American Indians. A special section is geared towards educators so they can access tools and resources to work with the students as they explore their options.

Item 1―CDE Updates, Presented by Judy Delgado, American Indian Education Consultant

  • Tobacco-Use Prevention Education (TUPE) applications are available to American Indian Education Centers (AIEC). They are due November 16, 2012, and to date six AIECs have indicated they are applying. Up to six grants will be funded at $50,000 each for a five-year cycle.

  • There was a discussion of the AIECs that have challenged CDE findings and subsequent billings. The American Indian Education, Inc. in San Jose was issued a letter to their Board regarding potential termination of funding. The Capital Area Indian Resources, Inc. had a reduced billing from the original amount. Their initial findings versus reduced penalties for fiscal year (FY) 2005–06 was $51,750.14 reduced to $29,770.90 and for FY 2006–07 was $257.36 reduced to $103.25. This reduction was approved by allowing the AIEC a maximum charge of 10 percent above each line item. The Foothill Indian Education Alliance had a reduced billing from their original amount. Their initial findings versus reduced penalties for FY 2005–06 was $18,821.86 reduced to $6,776.59 and for FY 2006–07 was $8,295.47 reduced to $2,008.78. This reduction was based upon a self-audit.

  • Revisit the SSPI advisory regarding removing the AIECs from categorical flexibility. The SSPI is aware of the role of the AIECs and is supporting efforts to get them out of categorical flexibility.

Laura Lee George—Asked for a motion to request an update on this advisory. Rachel McBride moved to approve to request an update to the advisory that was sent to the SSPI. Kathleen Marshall seconded. All in favor.

  • The American Indian Education Oversight Committee (AIEOC) had asked for a method available for the public to call in to listen to the AIEOC meetings. The CDE legal department is reviewing this request.

  • A handout was distributed that discusses the CDE process for adding links and resources to the CDE Web site. A limited number of links are added since most information is available through commonly used Internet searches.

  • Laura Lee George provided an update on a meeting that discussed dropout issues, including how to get relevant curriculum integrated into classrooms. SSPI Tom Torlakson, Craig Cheslog, Ed Castillo, Laura Lee George, Niki Sandoval, Joely Proudfit, Nicole Lim, and Judy Delgado attended this meeting. One question was how would curriculum be vetted and made available for use. One area to include is opposing viewpoint on potentially controversial issues. They are looking for recommended reading lists and materials being used at the local level.

It was brought up that this may contradict the AIEOC’s role to advise the SSPI on American Indian education issues.

California Education Code (EC) Section 33370(g) states, “...This committee shall provide input and advice to the Superintendent on all aspects of American Indian education programs established by the state.”

This could be the start of the State Board of Education subcommittee on American Indian education.

  • A report was distributed entitled The State of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) Education in California. This report was generated by a group at California State University, San Marcos and is funded through a grant from the San Mañuel Band of Mission Indians. This report will be discussed at the next meeting, including additional information to be included in future reports.

Item 2―Public Comment

Coleen Bruno―Asked about the potential closing of the AIEC in San Jose, and what would become of that funding.

Judy Delgado―According to the AIEC regulations, the funding would be distributed equally between all the currently funded AIECs.

Item 4―Region IX Equity Assistance Center, Presented by Rose Owens-West

  • The Region IX Equity Assistance Center (EAC) at WestEd is one of 10 Equity Assistance Centers, authorized by Title IV of the Civil Rights Act, funded by the U.S. Department of Education (ED) to provide technical assistance and training in the areas of civil rights, equity, and school reform. Serving schools and communities in Arizona, California, and Nevada, the Region IX EAC at WestEd ensures that equitable education opportunities are available and accessible for all children.
  • Joyce Silverthorne is the new Director of the ED, Office of American Indian Education and will be meeting with WestEd on November 15, 2012.
  • In previous years as a Comprehensive Assistance Center (CAC) WestEd has worked directly with American Indian education programs. When they lost CAC status, they began working only with the CDE through Stephanie Myers.
  • The WestEd EAC will again be working with American Indian education programs on any discrimination or inequity issues.
  • One area they focus on is disproportionality (under- or over-representation) in programs such as Special Education and Gifted and Talented Education, and in disciplinary actions.
  • The WestEd EAC helps districts maintain an equity focus, influencing the development and implementation of solutions to improve access, opportunities, and outcomes for all students.

  • The WestEd EAC also focuses on:
    • High Quality Instruction—Improving academic language development for English learners and other students;
    • College and Career Readiness—Improving teachers’ Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math content knowledge through professional development; and
    • Safe and Supportive School Environments—Bullying intervention and prevention and improving school climate, community and parent engagement, discipline and eliminating harsh and disproportionate punishment.
  • The WestEd EAC is interested in feedback from the AIEOC on the critical issues facing American Indian students. If these issues are not addressed then the achievement gap will widen as we move to the Common Core Standards.
  • You can get more information at WestEd EAC External link opens in new window or tab. . They also have a newsletter and offer Webinars and consultation/direct assistance to districts.
  • A copy of a report, Tribal Leaders Speak: The State of Indian Education 2010, was distributed.
  • When data is disaggregated, data is not clear for American Indian students, due to low numbers.
  • The issues of mascots and mission curriculum can be addressed under a hostile school environment.
  • WestEd can only work upon issues at the request of the local community.

Item 5―Mascot Issue in California Public Schools

  • Presentation and discussion on the use of Native American mascots in California public schools.
  • Mascot Project External link opens in new window or tab. is one source of information regarding the mascot issue.
  • The background on the Del Norte mascot issue was provided and how that has led to an effort to enact a statewide ban similar to Oregon and Wisconsin.

Laura Lee George—Asked for a motion to send an advisory to the SSPI to enforce ECSection 201 to include use of the American Indian mascot as creating a hostile school environment. André Cramblit moved to approve to the request. Deborah DeForge seconded. All in favor.

Item 6―Committee Business

  • Review of the July 18, 2012, meeting minutes.

  • The responses to the question regarding the reduction of financial penalties to three AIECs and potential ramifications were not included in the minutes. Minutes were modified to read: “Rachel McBride―Centers were reduced? How does that happen?  Gordon Jackson―After our audit, additional receipts were found that reduced the amount of money owed to the CDE.”

Laura Lee George—Asked for a motion to approve July 18, 2012, meeting minutes with this change. Rodney Lindsay moved to approve the minutes with the changes. Kathleen Marshall seconded. All in favor.

  • Next meeting will be on January 7, 2013.

  • It was noted that the AIEOC was close to not having a quorum.

  • Laura Lee George and André Cramblit will prepare a draft of an annual report for review at the next meeting. Laura Lee George asked for results of the AIEC Survey compiled by Niki Sandoval, so that the results can be included in this report. It would include the legislative initiative to remove the AIECs from Categorical Programs.

  • Committee members were asked to prepare questions regarding DataQuest and submit them to Judy Delgado so the presenter for our next meeting will be prepared to respond.

  • A request was made for Niki Sandoval to present a report on the voluntary AIEC Survey.

Laura Lee George—Asked for a motion to adjourn the meeting. Rachel McBride moved to adjourn the meeting. Helen Doherty seconded. All in favor.

The meeting adjourned at 4:00 p.m.

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